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Joining or volunteering with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) can be a rewarding way to contribute to the organization’s mission and support its efforts to improve the lives of those affected by obesity.

By joining ASMBS, individuals can become part of a community of professionals who share their commitment to advancing research, education, and advocacy in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Volunteering with ASMBS can provide opportunities to make a direct impact through initiatives such as patient support programs, public awareness campaigns, and advocacy efforts.

Additionally, volunteering with ASMBS can help individuals develop new skills, build their professional network, and gain a sense of fulfillment from contributing to a meaningful cause.

Advocate With Us!

There is a need for advocacy at multiple levels. Healthcare providers advocate for patients on almost a daily basis when they petition insurance companies to provide coverage for medications, services, diagnostic test and referrals to specialist.

Healthcare providers can also communicate with and educate regulatory and administrative bodies and personnel – institutionally, locally as well as at state and national levels to bring actions about that promote health and access to health care for at risk populations.

In 2013, AMA recognized obesity as a disease state with multiple pathophysiological aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment.

In 2017, AMA encourages the use of person-first language (patients with obesity, patients affected by obesity) in all discussions, resolutions and reports regarding obesity.


Coalition Efforts



Ron DeSantis (R)
Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
State of Florida
The Capital
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0001
(850) 717-9337


Insurance Commissioner

Jimmy Patronis
Office of Insurance Regulation
200 E. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0305
(877) 693-5236

Office of Insurance Regulation (floir.com)


Primary Advocate Targets

The Governor and the State Insurance Commissioner are two of the primary targets when engaging in state advocacy.

Secondary Legislation Targets

Other key targets at the state level include legislators that chair either the Senate Committee on Health Policy or the House Health & Human Services.

Senate Committee on Health Policy

Chair: Senator Colleen Burton
Vice Chair: Senator Jason Brodeur

404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100

(850) 487-5824
Senate VOIP 5824

House Health & Human Services

Chair: Representative Randy Fine
Vice Chair: Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka

402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300

(850) 717-4840


Framing Your Arguments

So now that you have a meeting set up with a policymaker, what do you say? Well, it depends on your audience. For example, if you’re meeting with a state legislator, you’ll likely be talking about a state House or Senate bill. If you’re sitting down with a Governor or State Insurance Commissioner, your focus is going to be on highlighting gaps in obesity treatment coverage and the societal and economic benefits of providing coverage for obesity treatment services.

For example, any draft talking points before a state policymaker could start with…

As an obesity medicine obesity specialist, I’m here today to ask you to support:

• House/Senate Bill XXX, which would provide coverage for anti-obesity medications (AOMs)

• access to care for intensive behavioral therapy and AOMs under the state employee health plan

• efforts to break down bias and hurdles to obesity care

Here are six ways foundations can support policy advocacy before and after the legislative process:

Foundations can use their convening power to bring together the best specific issue to spark discussion and new ideas that may become placeholders for future policy.
Foundations can supply vast amounts of objective research to inform any policy debate. Research also can show the effectiveness or unintended consequences of a policy after it is enacted.
Grantmakers can play a powerful role in helping to educate a community about an advocacy issue and can even educate policymakers directly in many cases.
Organizations that engage in advocacy, community organizing, civic engagement, or similar activities are the backbone of policy and systems change work.
Once a policy is adopted, the work of implementation begins – and it is where the lion’s share of work is actually contained.
Most policies are not implemented or enforced flawlessly.  Advocacy through the court system is a complementary measure to policy advocacy to advance policy goals.

Additional Resources

To further support your advocacy for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), you can access a variety of additional resources which provide valuable insights and tools to effectively promote the mission and initiatives of the ASMBS.

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